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Welcome to UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (Department of Space & Climate Physics), host to some of the most exciting research in astrophysics, space science and climate physics in the UK.
Our STFC studentship application is now closed. The information below is for the previous application round. The deadline of the application for the STFC studentship in the next year will be around February 2015, and will be announced around November 2014.
We welcome applications from students who have own-funding, and you can apply anytime.
How to apply
Please apply using the online application method wherever possible, since we receive applications much more quickly in this case.
Apply online via the UCL website. If you require assistance with the application process, please e-mail Jane Salton (j.salton AT ucl.ac.uk). Please ensure you choose the Department of Space & Climate Physics when completing the form. You need to submit a separate application to our department, if you are applying also to other departments in UCL.
Once you have submitted your application to the department via the UCL website, please notify us using the submission notification form to help us to track your application.
STFC studentship (for UK students): Applications submitted by 14 February 2014 will be given full consideration. We will continue accepting applications until all places are filled. After we receive your application, you will normally be invited for an interview at MSSL, which will take place on 24, 25 and 28th February 2014. You will have the opportunity to see the laboratory, students' flats and talk to current students.
Other (self-funding) students: We welcome applications from students who have own-funding. We accept the application from self-funding students anytime. After we receive your application, you will normally be invited for an interview at MSSL on an individual basis. You will have the opportunity to see the laboratory, students' flats and talk to current students. Note that students are still required to meet the academic entry requirements in this case.
For information about UCL scholarships (GRS, ORS, UCL-CSC) see below.
Studentships available and eligibility requirements
An upper second-class Bachelor’s degree, or a second-class Bachelor’s degree together with a Master's degree from a UK university in a relevant subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification.
English level expected for the students whose first language is not English: Standard
Both fees and funding opportunities are primarily dependent on nationality.
Students from the UK or those from the EU who meet the residency requirements (3 years' full-time residency in the UK) are potentially eligible for a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) studentship.
These pay UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance allowance.
EU students who do not meet eligibility requirements still qualify for the UK/EU fees rate, but not the STFC maintenance allowance.
The decision to admit self-funding students or not is made separately by each department. Note that students are still required to meet the academic entry requirements in this case.
UK/EU applicants are also eligible to apply for the prestigious UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS). These cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and a cost of living allowance at a similar rate to the STFC studentships. Competition for these is very strong. Please submit your GRS application to phd AT mssl.ucl.ac.uk by 17 January 2014.
- UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS). These cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and a cost of living allowance at a similar rate to the STFC studentships. Competition for these is very strong. Non-EU applicants require additional funding from the ORS scheme to cover the remaining cost of tuition fees.
- UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS). These provide funding to cover the difference between overseas and UK/EU tuition fees, and students applying for an ORS may also submit a GSRS application. There are more ORS awards than GSRS awards.
- UCL-China Scholarships Council (CRC) Research Scholarships. Prospective Chinese students can apply for this generous scholarship. These cover full tuition costs, a maintenance allowance, travel and visa costs.
- This page has links to other potential funding sources. These are all competitive scholarships. However, we are happy to support enthusiastic students who apply for these scholarship, and welcome their enquiries.
The application for GRS/ORS/UCL-CSC scholarships for 2014 are closed. The deadlines of these scholarships are usually mid-January.
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